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Jerry “Bayhopper” Hayes
Jerry “Bayhopper” HayesBlockOJerry “Bayhopper” Hayes, 66, of Prospect, died peacefully early December 20, 2019 at his home.

He was born December 27, 1952 in Marion to the late Kensil and Carolyn (Barnett) Hayes, he was also preceded in death by a brother: Robert Hayes

Bay was a graduate of the Elgin High School as well as The Ohio State University. A true salesman at heart, Bay had worked for RDP Foods and later selling logo wear to many athletic teams in the area.

To say that he loved sports would be a huge understatement. It really didn’t matter what level of sports, boys or girls or where the game was, Bay would go. Jerry was a very knowledgeable and some might say opinionated fan. He also had coached many kids over the years and rarely forgot their names. Bay was a fan of the Rolling Stones, Jimmy Buffett and the OSU Buckeyes.

Surviving is his loving niece: Tina (Romulus) Overton of Murfreesboro, Tn. and their children: T’Anna (Taylor) Cason and CJ Overton, great great niece and nephew: Luanna Ruth and Archie
Uncle: Larry (Sharon) Barnett of Prospect and aunt: Ann Carr of Marion
Dear friends and neighbors whose care allowed Jerry to be able to be home and make his doctor visits: Terry (Christa) Ross, Gary (Linda) Mohr, Mike (Lola) Pine and Carmen Bell

Graveside services will be held Monday December 23, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the Prospect Cemetery, Gary Mohr will officiate.

Memorial gifts may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice

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#1 from: Rita Headington Parker
 
Fri, Dec 20, 2019 at 6:08 PM

My sincere sympathy to Jerry's family.  I have many fond memories of Jerry when he was at EHS and the years following his graduation.
 Rita Lou Rubeck Headington Parker
 EHS Media Specialist 1965-1996



#2 from: Becky Jacobs Rynders
Abilene
Fri, Dec 20, 2019 at 7:46 PM

Prayers to the family. Keep the good memories alive.  Jerry was a fun person.




#3 from: Tom Gwynn
RichwoodE
Sat, Dec 21, 2019 at 8:21 AM

Enjoyed just hearing any comments he wanted to share. He made a commit slow pitch softball game very enjoyable, May you all celebrate the fact you have memories of him.     Fosse



#4 from: Rosie (Harbolt) Moffett
Loudonville
Sat, Dec 21, 2019 at 1:52 PM

Jerry was a very loved cousin. I have such fond memories of him. RIP



#5 from: Jim Frank
marion
Sat, Dec 21, 2019 at 8:22 PM

Bayhopper was a great friend of mine.my greatest memories was in Florida when we went to Key West



#6 from: Greg & Barbara Rice
LaRue
Sat, Dec 21, 2019 at 11:20 PM

Our condolences to Jerry’s family and friends. Sports and Elgin lost a great fan and supporter. He loved life and those around him.



#7 from: Deb & Sam McPherson
Mariion, Ohio
Sat, Dec 21, 2019 at 11:34 PM

So sorry to hear of Jerry's passing.  Those of us from Prospect have several good memories of this fellow.  RIP, Jerry!



#8 from: Carol Lauer Knoch
Hillsdale,Michigan
Sun, Dec 22, 2019 at 12:29 AM

My thoughts and prayers go out to Bay’s many friends and family in this time of loss.  I will always remember  remember my surprise at watching the Hillsdale College Chargers volleyball team in Michigan and in comes Bay to the gym with some friends who were there to support a former player he had helped coach who was on the opposing team.  What a supportive, fun-loving guy!  May the Peace of the Lord be with all who will miss him dearly.
                Carol Lauer Knoch



#9 from: Dianna Johnson
LaRue, Ohio
Sun, Dec 22, 2019 at 12:30 AM

Very sorry to hear this news. I enjoyed talking with Jerry at ball games. My girls liked his support and friendship.



#10 from: Cathy Pask
Marion, Ohio
Sun, Dec 22, 2019 at 6:38 AM

So sorry for your loss! Bay and I had got up on things while he was in Presidential. This is a big shock to me,but I know he's not in pain anymore. Prayers for all the family.



#11 from: Steve ”Newk” Newsome
Sutton Lake, WV
Sun, Dec 22, 2019 at 6:39 AM

Jerry was a good guy, good friend, and a good teammate on the field. So glad my brother Larry and I stopped in to visit him a few years ago. I didn’t know Kensil had passed since that visit.
Sorry that Jerry has been called to leave us but fondly remember our fun times in high school. I share a bit of sadness as well as my respect to his remaining family members.
Fondest memory is when Jerry and my brother Dan were 15 and John Glass and I were 16. We drove my mothers car to the Finger Lakes region in upstate NY to see our girlfriends perform in the EHS band. That was quite a trip...
Newk




#12 from: Christine (Knaur) Hill
Port St. Lucie, Florida
Sun, Dec 22, 2019 at 6:59 AM

So sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing.  My memories of him  at EHS are ones of a great guy who loved to have fun and laugh a lot.
My condolences to his family and those who took care of him so he could be at home.  I know how hard this is for all of you.
RIP, Jerry.



#13 from: Sam Sparling
 
Sun, Dec 22, 2019 at 7:47 AM

So sorry to hear this. I was fortunate to visit with Jerry recently. He was a  great guy and fun to be with. May he Rest In Peace.



#14 from: LeRoy Zent
Galion, Ohio
Sun, Dec 22, 2019 at 8:50 AM

Sorry for the Hayes family for the loss of Jerry. I remember him throughout my childhood growing up in Prospect. Prayers LeRoy zent



#15 from: Jack and Evelyn (Dix) Porter
Dawsonville, Georgia
Sun, Dec 22, 2019 at 8:56 AM

My thoughts and prayers go out to Bay’s family.  Those who knew him have been blessed.  Bay was a fun loving, warm hearted and would do anything for anybody person.  I have so memories.  Bay you will be missed but never forgotten. 🙏🏻🙏🏻



#16 from: Inez Smith
Marion
Sun, Dec 22, 2019 at 10:30 AM

So sorry to here this. A great Elgin fan.



#17 from: Louise McWade Rieke
Marion Ohio
Sun, Dec 22, 2019 at 11:31 AM

So sorry to hear about Jerry’s passing.  I remember him from High School.  He was one of the nicest guys.  He was so funny!!
Louis McWade Rieke



#18 from: Carroll Dix Bosse
Worthington, OH
Sun, Dec 22, 2019 at 1:41 PM

So very sorry for his loss.  Sympathy and condolences for his family and many friends.  He was a great guy and will be missed by everyone who knew him.💕🙏🙏🙏



#19 from: Brad Weston
Longwood Florida
Sun, Dec 22, 2019 at 2:17 PM

So sorry for your loss! My deepest sympathy n prayers to fiends and family.

To say Bayhopper, Bay, The Hopper etc was one of a kind would be an understatement! Even though we hadn’t talked or seen each other in years I would call Bayhopper a good friend of mine to this day!  I will never forget our times together when he was our coach for Weston Farms independent league basketball team. I can still see him with a towel on his shoulder like Tark the Shark , calling out plays hollering at the ref etcc.. and having a great time doing it!  You will be missed Bayhopper and I’m sorry I didn’t get to say good bye to you my friend!! Cheers to you!!



#20 from: Jon Sobers
Columbus,Ohio
Sun, Dec 22, 2019 at 3:40 PM

I am sad to hear that my old friend, Bayhopper has passed away.  We had many great times together, from attending baseball games in Cleveland, to traveling to New York to surprise Barney at Yankee stadium, at the same time trying to pick up a couple of cuties by telling them we were friends of Mark "the Bird" Fidrych.  RIP old friend  



#21 from: Erik and Cheryl Johnson
La Rue Ohio
Sun, Dec 22, 2019 at 6:09 PM

We are so very sorry to read of Jerry's passing. He graduated with my wife and 1971. What a cut-up he was! He will be truly missed by all. There will never be another like him!



#22 from: Marla
 
Sun, Dec 22, 2019 at 10:50 PM

Tina and Family I am so sorry to hear about Bay. If you need anything please do not hesitate to reach out to me.  
Love
Marla



#23 from: Pauline Oehler
Sun City West  AZ 
Mon, Dec 23, 2019 at 12:23 PM

Thoughts and prayers to Jerry's family and friends. He was a great kid growing up in Prospect and everyone knew him and enjoyed his onery ways. He truly was one of a kind and he will be missed by those who loved him.

Pauline Oehler
Tom Knickel



#24 from: Lee Huffman
Palmerston North, New Zealand
Thu, Dec 26, 2019 at 2:34 AM

My sympathies to family and friends. Gone too soon.



#25 from: Steve Long
Denver, North Carolina
Sat, Dec 28, 2019 at 10:39 PM

To the family of Jerry Hayes you have my deepest sympathy.  I I knew Jerry, as a friend, after his graduation from high school.  His energy spent following EHS sporting activities, players and former players was beyond comparison.  Will miss seeing him during return trips to Marion County.  Rest in piece, my friend.

Steve Long
Former Biology Instructor EHS



#26 from: Steve Long
Denver, North Carolina
Sat, Dec 28, 2019 at 10:39 PM

To the family of Jerry Hayes you have my deepest sympathy.  I I knew Jerry, as a friend, after his graduation from high school.  His energy spent following EHS sporting activities, players and former players was beyond comparison.  Will miss seeing him during return trips to Marion County.  Rest in piece, my friend.

Steve Long
Former Biology Instructor EHS



#27 from: Steve Long
Denver, North Carolina
Sat, Dec 28, 2019 at 10:48 PM

‘My deepest sympathy to the family of Jerry Hayes.  I knew Jerry, as a friend , after he graduated from EHS.  Jerry’s support of EHS sporting events, players, and former players is beyond comparison.  Rest In Peace my friend.

Steve Long
Former Biology Instructor EHS



#28 from: Bruce Brown
Gahanna, OH
Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at 6:53 AM

My condolences. Bayhopper had a heart of gold. I remember him as the coach of a basketball team I played on in the 1980’s. Fun loving, knowledgeable on all sports, and loyal are a few words that describe Hopper. RIP Jerry.



#29 from: Marissa larouere
Columbus.
Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at 10:34 PM

In loving memory of Jerry Hayes,
I knew him as Bayhopper. And I knew how great his love for sports was. And an even greater love he had was for his “kids” he coached and mentored. I was one of those kids. He coached a basketball league I was in at Olentangy, he took a bunch of us to a LIVE and Buffet concert, he was one of our biggest fans on and off the court. He taught me a lot about hard work and love of the game. Even gave me my nickname DAWG. You’ll be missed Bayhopper. I hope you are watching all the sports you want! Hugs and love to you. my sympathies to your family.



#30 from: Rosemary Jones
Powell Ohio
Fri, Jan 3, 2020 at 12:45 PM

My deepest sympathies to family and friends. Bay was one of a kind. He coached my daughter basketball at Olentangy. We had so much fun going to basketball and football games. I loved going to the Cozy Inn and visiting with his good friends. He had friends everywhere and knew everyone. He will be missed.




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